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AUT22-135 Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories at Leaving Certificate Geography

22TRA378 Teaching Evolving Plate Tectonic Theories at Leaving Certificate Geography




Date:       Thursday, 15th September 2022
Time:       7.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue:    Online via Zoom

The theory of plate tectonics is an ever-evolving phenomenon. The evidence base for the theory is constantly being expanded on by geologists. However, in my own classroom practice I have been grappling with the idea of teaching more complex plate tectonics concepts rather than sticking with simpler, yet outdated ideas such as convection currents in the mantle are the driving mechanisms for plate movement.

This session will cover practical strategies to plan and teach more complex plate tectonic theories in an age-appropriate way without over-complicating the content in a Leaving Certificate classroom. This session will look at how Lee plans to teach plate tectonics in 5th year and uses retrieval practice planning to provide students with more opportunities to expand their knowledge on the topic over the course of their LC geography Journey. There will be a full set of resources (plans, PowerPoints, notes, annotated diagrams, and worksheets) provided for all attendees, ready to be used in their own classroom practice immediately. Additionally, Lee will examine where the evolving plate tectonics theories fit within the context of the Leaving Certificate exam with multiple sample answers provided.

 Bio of Presenter: Lee O'Donnell

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Lee O’Donnell is a teacher of Geography & History at Woodbrook College in Wicklow. Geography/History Methodology Lecturer at University College Dublin. LC History content creator for Exam Revision. Host of the Leaving Certificate revision podcast ‘Skin in the Game’.


Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 15-09-2022 7:00 pm
Course End Date / Time 15-09-2022 8:30 pm
Capacity 1000
Course Fee Free
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